Rob Portman has been active for years in Lake Erie issues, believes climate change is real and needs action and won the 2016 Clean Water Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
So how did the Ohio Republican, two years into his second term as a U.S. senator, manage to get a 0 percent rating in 2017 for environmental votes scored by the League of Conservation Voters?
Born and raised in the Cincinnati area, Portman spent his undergraduate years at Dartmouth University, where he belonged to a canoe club, taking part in canoeing and kayaking expeditions around the world. His government career has included serving in the U.S. House and important posts in both Bush administrations.
Portman, 62, climbed aboard charter boat captain Dave Spangler’s boat at Wild Wings Marina near Oak Harbor on Aug. 18 to go fishing, talk to environmental officials and visit the Perry Memorial in Put-in-Bay before holding a Lake Erie roundtable discussion when back on the mainland.